June 23, 2001

TiEcon 2001 gets off to bright start
As entrepreneurs mingled with venture capitalists and other professionals at the Westin Santa Clara Hotel and Convention Centre, doing the ritualistic business card exchange, the dotcom downturn seemed almost forgotten.

Old friends and colleagues reunite at SAJA convention
'SAJA is one of those organizations that, if it didn't exist, it would need to be created,' remarked Tunku Varadarajan of The Wall Street Journal.

Bush government gives India top billing
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Mark Grossman said the framework of the new foreign policy review would 'regard India as a major player on the world stage'.

Pallone for Israeli AWACS for India
The irrepressible 'Mr India' on Capitol Hill asked President Bush to support the sale of an Israeli Phalcon airborne warning and control system to India.

London set to be Europe's Bangalore
A survey shows that London is Europe's most favoured city for locating e-business.

AOL-Time Honours Seema Christie
The Teen People art director got a community service award.

Racist remarks hurt Olympic bid
The mayor's gaffes have undermined Toronto's high-profile bid to stage the 2008 Olympics.

June 22, 2001

Hindu students get abusive on the Net
Anti-Muslim messages flood a message board hosted by a chapter of the Hindu Students Council at the University of California at Irvine.

Court hears 'Paedophile' Net guru
The normally nattily dressed CEO and founder of entered a San Francisco courtroom clad in a bright orange prison jump suit, rumpled and unshaven-a ghost of his former self.

Indians slip on Forbes richest list
There are more Indian billionaires in India than the US. The collective worth of the 538 billionaires in the list is $1.7 trillion.

'India needs a Manhattan Project'
India should be on a war footing against the scourge of HIV/AIDS or its very existence is at stake, say World Bank officials.

Mittal's Chicago plant incurs heavy loss
Ispat had bought the plant to step up productivity even while market reports indicated a decline in demand.

Indian leather boycotted: PETA overjoyed
The animal rights group says cattle are abused in India and praises stores who stop using Indian leather.

Karnataka's first family launches another son!
Puneet Rajakumar will be directed by N Chandrashekhar.

'I live to play for the Grand Slams'
Only time will tell if the 'Indian Express' have got it right.

Super squash
Images from the Super Series 2001 tournament in London.

ATC proposal likely in 10 days
The BCCI will seek the government's permission to tour Pakistan for the Asian Test championship after receiving the proposal.

Dream XI
Cricket's greatest one-day team.

Thai masseuse replaces silicone implants
Khemmika na Songkhla enlarges breasts with traditional massage.

Bubbles helps out
The best advertising sites and free Web-hosting services.

How far can Vajpayee and Musharraf go?
In fact, the chief achievement of the talks will be the fact that the leaders of both nations are, finally, talking, says TVR Shenoy.

Operation Whitewash
'India should not fall prey to attempts to re-package Pervez Musharraf as a man of peace and goodwill until his sincerity in wanting to control the rogue mullahs is proved,' says B Raman.

June 21, 2001

It's official: OED recognises Bollywood
The latest version of the OED says the word was first used in H R F Keating's tenth novel, Filmi, Filmi, Inspector Ghote.

Bush looking forward to India trip
Senior officials of the two countries have been in frequent contact since he assumed office, says the president.

Enron issue may hit FDI flow to India: US
US officials say that unless the Enron dispute is resolved, foreign investors may not look at India.

Indian School of Business opens on July 1
The average profile of the first batch of 130 students is: GMAT score 690, age 26, work experience 4.5 years.

Sattar clueless, US incensed
An enraged Washington said sanctions would remain till a civilian government is in place in Islamabad.

UK unhappy with Musharraf seizing presidency
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the move represents a setback in the return to an elected democracy.

'Hunting for Veerappan is like looking for a needle in a haystack'
But Tamil Nadu Special Task Force chief Walter I Dawaram is confident that the brigand will not escape him this time.

'We loved Aamir...'
The opening weekend of Lagaan in the US didn't quite match that of Taal. But there is hope...

Beckham to star in Anglo-Indian film?
Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham is about -- what else? -- soccer.

Paes qualifies for Wimbledon
The India No 1 will face Daniel Elsner of Germany in the first round.

Nirupama falls at the threshold
She was beaten in the final of the women's singles qualifiers.

Brett Lee feared being blinded
The Australia fast bowler reveals how he feared for his sight after a fire cracker exploded close to him during Tuesday's ODI with Pakistan.

General Pervez Musharraf
Five links on Pakistan's new president.

Watch the 21st century's first solar eclipse
Satellite lines now bring you a Webcast of the event from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.

Bubbles helps out
On kitchen interior design, yellow pages versus white pages, and tai-chi training centres.

Your right to choose
There is more to life than expensive office software. Some of it can be yours for free.

Online gaming
Dr Know gives some tips.

Phew, what a movie!
'Congratulations, Aamir Khan. Move over, James Cameron. Asutosh Gowariker has arrived,' exults Pritish Nandy.

Here comes President Musharraf
'But can Pervez Musharraf afford to jettison the two-nation theory and yet keep Pakistan and his head?' asks Anil Athale.

Ground realities
Daniel Laidlaw discusses the issue of pitch invasions and player safety, and the ECB's failure to address it.

June 20, 2001

Lakireddy gets 8 years for sex with minors
The powerful Berkeley landlord who confessed to bringing teenaged girls into the country for sex slavery will not be eligible for parole for at least seven years.

Security around US establishments in Delhi tightened
The security precaution was necessitated as the police was yet to probe the entire ramification of the conspiracy hatched by Sudanese national Abdel Raouf Hawash and his two Indian accomplices to blast the US embassy in Delhi.

IT workers still in great demand in the US
A study says companies hope to add 900,000 IT workers to their rolls this year alone and of this 450,000 slots will go unfilled because of lack of applicants with the requisite technical and non-technical skills. Vajpayee-Musharraf summit tops Sattar-Powell meet
US Secretary of State Colin Powell told mediapersons that he was impressed by preparations made by Pakistan for elections next year.

Sanctions ineffective, says Senator Biden
Senator Joseph Biden, the new chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has urged the US to find new ways to promote non-proliferation in South Asia.

Gun-wielding girl student expelled
A 'favour' to a friend landed 17-year-old Anika Mehta in trouble with her school in the state of Illinois.

There is a new sound..
Move over Napster, is here!

Torn in Afghanistan

June 19, 2001

H1B labour contractor cleared of sharp practice charge
Judge Florence-Marie Cooper noted that even direct employers could never be sure whether a proposed job would remain open during the six-month period it could take to get an alien in.

A plea bargain that smears Indians
California real-estate baron Lakireddy Bali Reddy's 'cultural defence' against sex slavery charges has provoked a sharp backlash from the angry Indian community.

Illegal immigrants were headed for Britain
Britain is usually the final destination for immigration gangs who smuggle in people through circuitous routes that invariably pass through eastern Europe.

Amjad Ali, two Americans honoured
Amjad Ali Khan, Professor Robert A F Thurman and Professor George Cardona were feted at a gala dinner by the Association of Indians in America in New York.

Dosanjh wants to take time off to think
After a drubbing in the provincial elections, the former premier of British Columbia is considering going back to his old profession -- law.

Canadian wins award for A-I bombing coverage
Two years ago, Kim Bolan of The Vancouver Sun won an award for her coverage of the 1998 assassination of newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer.

June 18, 2001

Onus on Pakistan to restore peace in J&K: Bodansky
The director of the United States Congressional Task Force on Terrorism said there would be no peace and stability in the region unless Pakistan gives up its attempt to acquire Kashmir to make up for Jinnah's 'lost heritage'.

'Look upon Indian heritage as a USP'
Professor Mohanbir Sawhney of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management addresses students at an event by the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago, to honour high school students of Punjabi origin.

A father counts his blessings
Teju Srivastav, a divorcee, is simply grateful for the simple blessing of being a part of his child's life, everyday, for 12 years.

June 17, 2001

Pak American held in Stinger export sting
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has accused Mohammed Rajaa Malik, a Jersey City businessman, of trying to illegally export military weapons to an unnamed foreign country. Two others have been arrested with him.

Pakistan has no new ideas on Kashmir
But Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said Islamabad would take a positive approach at the summit with India in which the wishes of the people would be taken into account.

Hold polls or face sanctions, Canada tells Pakistan
Foreign Minister John Manley said Pakistan's return to democracy would be a key element in the re-establishment of full relations with Canada.
No peace with hunger: Karan Singh
The member of Parliament and former ambassador to the US discussed peace under various categories in Canada recently.

Vajpayee, Musharraf ideal to solve the J&K tangle: Bhat
The Hurriyat chairman told that his organisation represented the political aspirations of the people of Kashmir and could never be sidelined.

June 16, 2001

Indian-American IT stars on Fortune's cool list
North Carolina-based Relativity Technologies and California-based XDegrees are on the list.

Police see politics in Oldham riots
Senior officers forecast a long, hot summer. And renowned TV producer and critic Farouk Dhondy warns that disaffected British Muslims could be pushed into the arms of Islamic fundamentalists.

Bush extends APA Commission's term
The Advisory Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islanders was established by President Clinton to co-ordinate the efforts of the White House Initiative on APAs.
India should involve Hurriyat: Abdul Sattar
Pakistan's foreign minister, however, said it was 'too early' to discuss Kashmir's sovereignty or its accession to India or Pakistan.

'Four gentlemen sat down for lunch and decided to invite Musharraf'
Former external affairs minister K Natwar Singh fires another salvo.

June 15, 2001

I'm satisfied for a lifetime: Galbraith
The former US ambassador to India and renowned economist is delighted with the Padma Vibhushan conferred on him recently.

Letter campaign against Lakireddy
A small coalition of protestors has embarked on a determined campaign to sour the sweet plea deal Reddy has worked out with federal prosecutors.

Lord lobbies for PoK-Srinagar bus
Lord Nazir Ahmed, known to be close to pro-Pakistani activists in Kashmir, is lobbying with US think-tanks to open a new bus route as a confidence-building measure.

Lift sanctions against India, Bush told
A noted analyst argued that if the US is slow off the blocks, New Delhi could fall into the arms of the Chinese and Russians.

We are Hindus: US lawmakers
The House of Representatives condemned the Taleban's edict requiring Hindus to wear a yellow badge as a mark of identity.